Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 26 Apr 2010.
Love the picture... hehehe.
Meh. I don't expect much from the first crop of "iPad killers". Just like when the iPhone first came out, it will take some time for the market to mount a resistance.
I criticised to iPad for running a phone os. That criticism still stands for the eeePad. I'm not saying put win7 on it, but a tablet-oriented linux distro would be the way to go imo. I am looking forward to seeing the first meego devices of this class, as I think they could really shake things up.
Its the Tegra chip i'm interested in. Nvidia found a new cash cow possibly? A few comments coming up around the place about the future of x86 tho i cant see x86 dying in terms of desktop simply because of microsoft, AMD and Intels grip on that market.
TBH neither do I but the whole "[insert apple product here] killer" mentality is stupid. It just leads to companies trying to clone what apple have done rather than making their own individual product.
I also agree that these devices need their own operating system. win 7 is too slow to compete with a mobile OS, but mobile OS's need more to them. At least Apple designed their own OS for their, "novelty sized ipod touch".
Biggest problem for all tablets tho is the same question Ive leveled at my friends who want an ipad and its "what is it for?"
They allready have a "convertible" netbook/tablet... That one could do with an overhaul
I just got a new (second hand) small laptop as an ipad killer. Thinkpad X60 Tablet, 12.1" touch screen with 5-7 hours battery life, 1.66Ghz core duo, £300. Why people bother with tablets I don't know, there have been business grade laptops/tablets for years and second hand ones are getting cheap + fast
'We've not seen any images of how Android will look on a larger than smartphone debice'
Several Android devices bigger and more powerful than smartphones are on the market.
Tablets, laptops, entertainment centers, home automation, in-car entertainment, etc.
'We couldn't get hold of details for the clock speed of nVidia Tegra chip'
It's 1GHz. I doubt they'll over/under clock it. The Tegra 2 is rumoured (and makes sense) to be higher, but I don't think there's any official word on that, I don't think it's shipping yet either so I doubt they're using it.
I agree. When a product is marketed as an iPhone or iPax killer, straight away that may hint at the product trying to be like Apple's. If I wanted an iPhone, I would get one. But I don't like its limitations.
Look at what Microsoft are doing with Windows Phone 7: Some very good unique ideas are there. However, they are trying to follow some of the limitations that Apple have / had, such as removing 'Copy and Paste' from Windows Phone 7.
Even if most phone users don't use 'Copy and Paste' between Windows Phone apps, why remove it?
Anyway, I think Asus should drop the Eee PAD name and use something more original, such as 'Republic Of Tampax'.
Hahaha. Nice one. I completely agree about WinMo7. MS have had copy/paste functionality in their OSes for years. I haven't got the faintest clue why they would remove it. It's not enough to say "most people don't need it". Many people don't know how to use ctrl-alt-del on windows - are they going to remove that next?
Anyway, where mobile devices are concerned, I'm really happy with maemo (n900) atm. I can't see a credible contender in that corner of the market.
Yes, these N900s are seriously good devices indeed. HTC Touch HD2 wins for me tho
HD2 looks very sleek. Never played with one for long tho. The local O2 shop keeps it locked with a passkey. Best part is its attached to some wire that keeps going off every time you pick it up xD great fun watching people jump when the alarm goes off lol.
Just as pointless as an iPad but without the hoard following it.
Which means it's going to fail
This is what will be critical for success:
CPU power 1+GHz
GPU Full HD or better (capable)
Battery life over 12 hours at full brightness and playing HD content
Preferably OLED display at 1080p and 10-12"
Then I will buy two at $500
I can see many more of these devices coming out with ChromeOS. The specs lend themselves perfectly to cloud computing. Despite the fanbois I think people will eventually see the iPad for what it is: an expensive way of paying not to see Flash content.
I suspect getting that battery life and a 1080p oled at $500 is going to take a while.
That picture made me giggle pretty hard.
I'd like to see a tablet that can really challenge the iPad, but it seems somewhat hopeless. In essence, even the first crop of these so called "iPad killers" may draw even with the iPad, but a few die hard Apple nut friends of mine said they won't touch the iPad with a barge pole.
Unless someone else pays for it, and then they will sleep with it. But that's beside the point. I think.
"Asus expects to shift 300,000 of them this year alone - which is a low target when you realise that the iPad shifted that in its first day of sales."
this means nothing, apple always sells out new product on the first day, Apple is all about look at me, I got a new pretty shiny thing that kinda works. I'm fairly certain new Apple product sales level out quickly.
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